Polke Dance: In New York (Part 2)

11.03.2015
Kenny Schachter wearing Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s Phantom (2015) at the New Museum.
Kenny Schachter wearing Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s Phantom (2015) at the New Museum.

On my second day in New York the snow was so heavy that I feared I would be forced to spend a terrifying night at the museum with “Surround Audience,” the New Museum’s just-opened triennial. Forget Ben Stiller and dinosaurs, I would be trapped with a bunch of insouciant kids under the influence of way too much screen time.

I found myself at the New Museum because my collector pals hated the Armory Show so much that they were ready to trash their VIP passes. I offered to take these off their hands, remembering that the passes get you into New York’s museums for free.  ... weiterlesen

A Truffle Pig Heads for the Piers: In New York (Part 1)

10.03.2015
People look at works of art displayed during the The Armory Show in New York (photo: dpa)
People look at works of art displayed during the The Armory Show in New York (photo: dpa)

There should be a rule in art journalism: always lead with Damien Hirst. Hirst is having a fuck-all, wildly ambitious (over-produced?) show to coincide with his soon-to-be-released tell-all book, written with help from James Fox, who co-wrote Keith Richards’ biography. And I hear the Mugrabis have bought into Hirst to the tune of (another) $30 million. The most surprising part is that the show will be on view, to enormous hoopla and fanfare no doubt, at a respected museum. Which one I can’t say but let’s see if Hirst is capable of pulling another shark out of his hat.

But I digress. I went to New York last week to see some gallery and museum shows and to drop in on the latest editions of the Armory fair, the Independent, Volta, and the Art Dealers Association of America’s Art Show—not to mention yet more midterm auctions. There, I followed a continuing trend that is as chilling as the weather: a developing backlash against prematurely high prices is quietly unnerving the spec-u-lectors, that plethora of short-term in-and-outers driving the very young sector of the market—and emptying their pockets.  ... weiterlesen

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